URP Calls for Wheelchair Accessibility to Me’aras Hamachpelah

Me’aras Hamachpelah at night. (Gershon Elinson/Flash90)

The Union of Right-Wing Parties is making wheelchair accessibility to Me’aras Hamachpelah a priority issue for the next Knesset session, The Jerusalem Post reported on Monday.

“A determined struggle is being held with a simple and humanitarian request to make Me’aras Hamachpelah accessible to the disabled,” URP leaders Rabbi Rafi Peretz and MK Bezalel Smotrich declared in a letter.

“Despite the law requiring access to public buildings, and despite the large number of visitors, the place is locked to the disabled,” the URP wrote, adding that the Muslim Waqf has been blocking plans for an elevator and ramp for years.

The holy site attracts an estimated 700,000 visitors a year.

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